Funerals

 
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When a family member, a friend, a loved one dies, we naturally wish to honor that person, remember that person, and commend that person to the care and embrace of God. In the Book of Common Prayer it is written:

The liturgy for the dead is an Easter liturgy.  It finds all meaning in the resurrection.  Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we too, shall be raised.

The liturgy, therefore, is characterized by joy, in the certainty that “neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

This joy, however, does not make human grief unchristian.  The very love we have for each other in Christ brings deep sorrow when we are parted by death.  Jesus himself wept at the grave of his friend.  So, while we rejoice that one we love has entered into the nearer presence of our Lord, we sorrow in sympathy with those who mourn.

Funerals at Trinity Church follow the traditional ceremony as proscribed in the Book of Common Prayer.  It is our custom to have the Burial Office and the Holy Eucharist unless the family wishes the Burial Office only.

To assist families in planning a funeral or memorial service, we provide a Funeral Planning Guide.

For information about interment in Trinity’s Haas Memorial Garden or in the Fred H. Peterson Memorial Columbarium in the Chapel of St. Paul or to remember a loved one through the gift of altar flowers or a sanctuary candle, contact the parish administrator at office@trinitywatertown.org.